Wednesday, 28 May 2008

My colleague Ken Campbell, our Stepping Stones Programme Manager, sent me this e-mail after I unfortunately missed an apparently wonderful event at the Derek Fatchett CLC last week...

"Hi Chris, Last Thursday we had a wonderful reception at Derek Fatchett to recognise the progress made by students in care. At least 60 people attended the reception including designated teachers, university undergraduates, Leeds University Access Academy, foster carers and young people. I would strongly commend the work of Kaya Barker, the study support mentor at DFCLC and I would ask you, if possible, to send her an acknowledgement of the wonderful work she has done over the last year. With the support of Leeds University, Leeds Mentoring (Barry Hilton), Stepping Stones (Julie Pocklington - Social Care / Aimhigher) and the Frank Buttle Trust, Kaya set up study support on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during term time for 20 looked after students from various schools such as Carr Manor, Allerton Grange, Parklands and City of Leeds. The students were supported by a range of undergraduates from Leeds University. I am getting copies of the DVD showing the students in various workshops and providing their own evaluation of the work undertaken. We are discussing next year's programme to include continuing support for young people moving on to Year 12. Kaya is absolutely brilliant and a wonderful asset and advertisement for Education Leeds. Thank you, Ken."

We have some amazing colleagues here at Education Leeds, making a real difference for our young people. Colleagues like Ken and Kaya releasing a very passionate kind of magic around some of our most special children. Thanks to Ken and Kaya who are both brilliant!


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